Lund, Pikus-Pace overcome odds

Updated: February 19, 2010, 1:08 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Life, Zach Lund tells himself, is not about what happens to you, but how you handle the experiences that come, what you let them do to you. For a time, he let what happened to him soak into his skin and his psyche. He let it nearly destroy him.

Picture the heartbreaking visual: In 2006, Lund is the top-ranked skeleton athlete in the world. He has qualified for his first Olympics. He is in his room in Turin, Italy, an hour before the ...

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